Friday, 15 February 2013

DA14 European and US Radar Schedules

Three large-scale research facilities will track asteroid 2012 DA14 with radars. The asteroid will be first observable in the European sector and later in the American sector. Tentative schedules are:

EISCAT (Tromsø, Norway) will track Feb 15 20:00-08:00 UT.

Haystack (Massachusetts, USA) will track Feb 15 22:00-08:35 UT.

Goldstone (California, USA) will track Feb 16 00:10-08:35 UT. Goldstone will continue Feb 18, 19 and 20.

Asteroid will not be observable at Arecibo radar in Puerto Rico.

Asteroid diameter is estimated within a factor of two of about 50 meters! Radar observations will give refined estimates on the size and shape!

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